Kutaisi, Georgia, 2011-2012
UNStudio’s design for the new King David the Builder Airport - which will serve domestic and international flights for use by international diplomats, national politicians and for tourism - incorporates both Georgia’s historic landscape and its architecture. The architecture of the terminal refers to a pavilion; a gateway, in which a clear structural layout creates an all-encompassing and protective volume. The volume is structured around a central exterior space which is used for departing passengers. The transparent space around this central point is designed to ensure that flows of passengers are smooth and that departure and arrival flows do not coincide.
The 4,000 m2 terminal building will house a central arrivals hall, a check-in area with lounge, cafe and car rental facilities, three gates for departure with retail, cafes, a CIP lounge area and exterior garden, an arrival area with customs and offices for the border police and an administration area with staff rooms and press conference facilities.
The 55m high, 300 m2 Air Traffic Control Tower is designed to complement the design of the terminal. The traffic control cabin on the top level forms the focal point of the tower, with a spacious and comfortable interior ensuring a workspace of optimal concentration. 1,500 m2 of supporting office spaces are housed in a nearby building.
Client Terminal: United Airports of Georgia LLC
Client Air Traffic Control Tower and Offices: SAKAERONAVIGATSIA Ltd.
Location: Kutaisi, Georgia
Building surface: Terminal 4,200m2, Control Tower and Offices 1,750m2
Height Air Traffic Control Tower: 55m.
Building site: 11,000 m2
Programme: International Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Offices for Navigation
Status: Concept Design 2011, Construction 2012
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Gerard Loozekoot with Frans van Vuure and Filippo Lodi, Tina Kortmann, Roman Kristesiashvili, Wendy van der Knijff, Gustav Fagerström, Kristoph Nowak, Machiel Wafelbakker, Thomas Harms, Deepak Jawahar, Nils Saprovskis, William de Boer
Structural consultant: MTM kft. Budapest.
MEP consultant: SMG-SISU Budapest kft
Landscape architect: OR else
Airport planning; Arup Aviation London
Terminal advisor on interior & art; Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse
Light: Primo Exposures
Local architect: Studio ARCI, Tbilisi
Acoustics: SCENA akoestisch adviseurs
Cost and management: Davis Langdon London